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Ex-correctional officer gets 10 years on federal drug charges

Posted July 1, 2008

— A former correctional officer for the state Department of Correction was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to drug charges.

Phillip Strickland, 41, of Bailey pleaded guilty last November to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of crack cocaine.

After serving his prison term, he will be on five years' supervised release.

Authorities said Strickland admitted to purchasing several ounces of crack from two sources in Nash County and that he sold more than 127 grams of cocaine over a 15-month period.

The case is part of a larger investigation called Cold Wind, in which approximately 17 people have been prosecuted for drug- and gun-related violations.


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  • Its All Right Here Jul 2, 2008

    Meandmytwo said, "I know he is shivering in his boots."
    I doubt it. He didn't show any remorse when he was arrested at the prison. It didn't seem to bother him at all that he was staring down the barrel of an SBI Agent's pistol, that he was found in possession of a concealed firearm, or that he was found in possession of a controlled substance on the grounds of a penal institution, both felonies.

    No. I think Mr. Strickland will fit right in wherever they send him. After all, he was supplying the inmates with contraband. He was on their side. He was simply dressed as the enemy.

  • Meandmytwo Jul 2, 2008

    I sure hope for his safety, that he is put far away from NC. It would be in his best interest. I would hate to be in his shoes right about now. I know he is shivering in his boots.

  • colliedave Jul 1, 2008

    It's not his fault. He was poor and underpaid. NOT.

  • Its All Right Here Jul 1, 2008

    He hasn't worked for DOC since the early 1990's. He resigned and was allowed to plea bargain charges as a result of an attempt to bring marijuana into a Harnett County prison. He was transferred to Harnett Correctional Institution from Central Prison because Central Prison officials "botched" an investigation there where Strickland was allegedly bringing controlled substances in to the inmates. He is long overdue to be serving this prison sentence. Good riddance.

  • raglangr Jul 1, 2008

    Victimless crime.

  • 123sunshine Jul 1, 2008

    No, he worked for the state of NC, he was charged Federally, so therefore he will be in the Federal Penitentary.

  • wonderif Jul 1, 2008

    wonder if they'll put him where he worked?